Watertown Police Seek Man Who Stabbed Friend at Cookout

David Holladay is wanted by Watertown Police for allegedly stabbing another man at a cookout on May 25. Watertown Police issued a warrant for a man who allegedly stabbed another man while at a cookout on May 25. The suspect, identified as 59-year-old David Holladay, was invited to the home of a 59-year-old longtime acquaintance on the evening of May 25. The two got into an argument over one of their family issues, and Halladay allegedly stabbed the other man in the left thigh with a knife, according to Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor. The incident occurred on Elm Street near the corner of Munroe Avenue, and was witnessed by others in the area.

Police Log: Man Urinates, Smears Feces in Police Station Cell, Man Revving Motor Leads to OUI Arrest

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. May 13, 9 p.m.: A man was seen walking around Target and taking various items and placing them in a backpack. He tried to leave without paying. When stopped he had a flashlight, three packages of film, and an umbrella worth a total of $48.97. When they looked into the man’s record, police found that he had two outstanding warrants.

Budget Increase Allows Watertown Fire Department to Run Two Ambulances

The Watertown Fire Department will now be running two ambulances in an effort to respond to the increasing number of medical calls. By adding additional staffing, the Watertown Fire Department plans to run a second ambulance, which will enable them to cover more medical calls in Watertown, and cut down the time it takes to reach someone in need of medical attention. Currently the Fire Department runs an Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance, that can provided paramedic level care to patients. The WFD has a second ambulance that currently sits idle. By adding two more people to a shift, that ambulance can hit the streets with a Basic Life Support (BLS) crew.

Watertown Police, Middlesex Sheriff Hosting Gun Buyback Event

Members of the Watertown Police, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and the State Police pose with the 50 weapons collected in the gun buyback in 2016. The Watertown Police Department provided the following information:

The Arlington, Cambridge, Newton and Watertown Police Departments, in conjunction with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, Belmont Police Department and local community and faith-based organizations will partner to host the “Safer Homes, Safer Communities” regional gun buyback initiative over four Saturdays next month (June 8-29), officials announced today. In 2016, a similar regional initiative – in which Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge and Watertown also participated – resulted in 150 unwanted firearms being turned in for destruction. “We are glad to once again be assisting our law enforcement and community partners in this effort,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “Providing residents the opportunity to safely, securely dispose of unwanted firearms makes our homes and our communities safer, by reducing the chance of accidental discharge, self-harm and theft.”

“The Watertown Police Department is happy to support the gun buyback program,” said Watertown Police Chief Michael Lawn.

Middlesex Grand Jury Indicts 3 on Charges in Watertown Cases

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced the following grand jury indictments involving cases in Watertown. These indictments were handed down between January 17 and April 29, 2019. Defendants without a hometown listed do not have a last known address. These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Bruce Demelo, 43, of Lynn, was charged with larceny from a building (6 counts), breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the daytime to commit a felony, breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the daytime to commit a misdemeanor, larceny over $1,200, and larceny under $1,200.

Watertown Firefighters Attend Graduations of Children of Lost Comrades

Jocelyn Orangio, daughter of late-Watertown Fire Chief Mario Orangio, was joined by members of the Watertown Fire Department at her graduation from Clark University. Firefighter pictured, L-R: Captain J. Russo, Deputy Chief R. Nicholson, Firefighter T. Donovan, Deputy Chief T. McManus, Lieutenant R. Mannix, Lieutenant E. Allen, Firefighter T. Davis, Firefighter G. McManus. Members of the Watertown Fire Department showed they do not forget their fallen colleagues by attending their children’s college graduations this week. On Thursday, several members of the Watertown Fire Department headed to Bridgewater State for the graduation of Alyssa Toscano. She is the daughter of Joe Toscano, who died while fighting a fire in East Watertown two years ago.

Police Log: Driver Busted on Drug Charges, Man Seen Trying to Break into Cars

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. Arrests

May 6, 12:41 a.m.: A man already in custody for another matter took off all his clothes while in the holding cell at the Watertown Police Station. When a female police officer was checking on him, he committed a lewd act in front of her. Two male officers came in and asked him to put his underwear on. He refused to several times, but eventually complied.

Police Log: Man Busted for Threatening to Use Gun, Vehicle Drives into Store

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. Arrests

April 30, 4:19 p.m.: An officer patrolling on Quimby Street queried the license plate of a nearby vehicle and saw that the owner had a suspended license. The vehicle was stopped and the identity of the driver was confirmed. The 32-year-old Watertown man was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, a subsequent offense. May 1, 11:19 a.m.: A shoplifter was seen taking items from Home Depot, and the person left the store.